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25 Apr 2018 description

As the 6th international conference on the Syria crisis concluded this Wednesday, nine international organisations welcomed the commitments that were made by attendees, and noted the following in reaction to its outcomes:

On aid:

Though the crisis is now in its eighth year, the unmet and growing needs of millions of men, women and children mean that donor countries cannot show any sign of fatigue. This conference did not go nearly far enough to provide adequate support to the millions of Syrians in need of assistance and who are left facing an uncertain future.

29 Nov 2016 description

New tools to understand statelessness in the Syria refugee context

What factors are complicating access to Syrian nationality and why is this a problem? Which children are most at risk of becoming stateless? What is the situation of refugees from Syria who were already stateless, prior to the conflict, and remain so in exile? How is the regional refugee response addressing these questions? What more could be done to mitigate the impact of statelessness on the refugees from Syria and protect the right of refugee children to Syrian nationality?

28 Jan 2016 description


As the Syria crisis enters into its sixth year in March 2016, a total of 5.4 million Syrian children and youth inside Syria (of whom 2.1 million are out of school) and 1.4 million Syrian refugee children and youth in the five host countries (50 per cent of whom are out of school) are in need of educational assistance.

19 Jan 2016 description

Three wishes for the London donor conference on Syria

A month before the world marks the 5th anniversary of the start of the war in Syria the international community will meet in London on 5 February for a high level donor conference to address the humanitarian needs of those affected by the conflict.

This includes 13.5 million vulnerable and displaced people inside Syria, and the 4.2 million Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries.

09 Nov 2015 description
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Aid agencies call for a “New Deal” for Syria’s refugees

The international community must agree a bold new deal for Syria’s refugees if it is serious about tackling the largest humanitarian crisis since World War II, seven aid agencies warned today in a new report.

22 May 2014 description
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Extreme weather drives displacement from the Horn of Africa

UN University and Norwegian Refugee Council: Thousands of people in the Horn of Africa are at risk of being displaced across borders as extreme weather increases in frequency.

26 Mar 2014 description

Testimony by Jan Egeland, Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council, for the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, "Syria After Geneva: Evaluating U.S. Options for Ending the Conflict" on March 26, 2014.


07 Jun 2013 description

The scale of the Syria crisis has grown so enormous that although the UN response plans together comprise the largest short-term humanitarian appeal ever, they do not cover all the needs, says Acting Secretary General of NRC Toril Brekke. In the new Syrian response plans, announced Friday, UN appeals for a total of 4,4 billion dollars.

The UN estimates that the number of Syrian refugees in need of assistance across the region may reach 3.45 million by the end of 2013.

29 Jan 2013 description
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Syria Kuwait Conference INGO position paper

On the eve of a key meeting of donor counties, a coalition of six international humanitarian agencies has warned that the UN’s record $1.5 billion Syria humanitarian appeal remains only 3% funded, and some of the world’s richest countries have failed to provide sufficient support.

Almost a quarter of the world’s GDP is concentrated in 6 countries: Brazil, Japan, China, South Korea, Russia and Mexico. However these countries are failing the people of Syria with contributions considerably lower than other countries with comparable wealth (see tables below).

31 May 2011 description

In August 2010, the Government of Southern Sudan (GoSS) announced an ambitious initiative aimed at facilitating the rapid return to the south of up to 1.5 million Southern Sudanese living in the north and Egypt. However, the return of Southern Sudanese people to the south has been slower than the GoSS anticipated, and up to now only around 300,000 IDPs have returned.